From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:40 PM
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Ecology and botany project lead positions-Montana
The Montana Natural Heritage Program seeks experienced project leads for
wetland condition assessment projects throughout Montana. All projects
require field botany or field ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy
and species identification and experience in wetland ecology required.
Experience identifying Montana flora preferred.
Project Lead will aid the Principal Investigator with pre-field season
logistics and planning, such as assisting with the random sample survey
design, securing permission to access survey sites on private land,
preparing field maps in ArcGIS 9.3, preparing field supplies, etc. During
the field season, the Project Lead will work with field technicians to carry
out the tasks listed below and will be the point of contact between the
Principal Investigator and the field team. The project lead is responsible
for managing field technicians, field equipment, and other project resources
for successful completion of the fieldwork. The fieldwork involves extensive
collection of vegetation, soil, and environmental data, identifying plant
species, and completion of field survey forms. This position will require
knowledge of Montana flora and ability to use GPS and GIS tools. Willingness
to travel extensively during the field season, work unusual schedules, camp,
and backpack into remote areas of Montana are to be expected. Project Lead
will begin in late April or early May 2010.
1. Assist Principal Investigator with random sample survey design for
selecting target wetland sites.
2. Prepare field maps in ArcGIS 9.3 and plan logistics for 8 day work
3. Determine land ownership of targeted wetlands and (if on private land)
obtain permission to collect data from property.
4. Using GPS and provided maps, navigate to plot locations via paved roads,
dirt roads, trails, and off-trail.
5. Collect data on vegetation, soils, hydrology, and landscape setting
following predefined wetland condition assessment methodologies. Requires
ability to reliably identify plants and plant communities within Rocky
Mountain wetlands and riparian areas.
6. Collect and prepare plant specimens for verification and long term
storage in a regional herbarium.
7. Enter and maintain data in electronic formats (databases, spreadsheets,
8. Other duties as needed.
B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, botany, ecology, natural resources, or
related field, or 3 years equivalent field experience required;
1. Knowledge of dichotomous botanical keys and field guides, and the major
angiosperm plant families required.
2. Willingness to travel extensively during field season, work unusual
schedules (up to 10 consecutive days), backpack, car camp, and live in
rustic conditions for extended periods in remote areas of Montana required.
3. Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in the field
4. Careful attention to detail required.
5. Knowledge of Rocky Mountain flora required.
6. Comfort and familiarity with the use of computers required.
7. Experience or familiarity with the use of GPS required.
8. Experience working in wetlands and knowledge of wetland ecology required.
9. Experience with species identification and vegetation sampling techniques
10. Knowledge of Montana flora preferred.
11. Experience with aerial photograph and topographic map interpretation
12. Experience with vegetation community classification or habitat typing
13. Experience with soil sampling and soil taxonomy preferred.
14. Demonstrated interest in, and enthusiasm for, conservation preferred.
PAY RATE AND DURATION:
$14/hour. Position will last from 3-7 months (approx. May-December 2010).
POSITION(S) WILL REMAIN OPEN AND WILL BE FILLED AS SUITABLE APPLICANTS ARE
FOUND. APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM MARCH 31, 2010. SEND
RESUME, COVER LETTER, AND 3 REFERENCES (WITH PHONE NUMBERS) TO:
Montana Natural Heritage Program
1515 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620
Or, preferably, by email as an attachment to: [log in to unmask]
Announcement will remain open until all positions are filled.